This month we really wanted to challenge ourselves so instead of doing something that is normally done at this time of the year we decided we would try something new… new that is to each one of us. I chose to try my hand at Impressionistic art painting.
To see what my buddies chose to try their hands at, simply scroll down to the end of the post.
My journey into this attempt started at my local Marshall’s where I was shopping and chanced upon this piece of art which was on sale for $8. Well I didn’t really care for the artwork since I am not a fan of plants (being a brown thumb and all) but my eye was drawn to the frame. I knew that if I took it home I could get my daughter who is artistic to do something with it, maybe paint something on top of it. I sent her a text, but she rejected my idea.
Well, guess what? I still bought it. I decided that if she would not do it then I would challenge myself to see if I could create a piece of art. After all it was worth the price of the canvas alone.
What I Used:
- canvas in a frame 14 by 18, you can use a plain canvas
- masking tape
- various acrylic paints
- sponge brush
- small brushes
The How To:
I taped off the frame and began working. I ended up applying 6 coats of white acrylic paint to try and hide the Plant artwork. And I still wasn’t able to hide those darn words. Did I say this was going to be easy?
At this point frustration had set in. There was no way that I would be able to recreate the abstract art I was after with this pitiful canvas, with it’s letters that wouldn’t disappear. After all it’s nice to challenge yourself but I had other painting to do, of the furniture variety.
So I thought of something my friend Michelle of A Crafty Mix had said to me once about painting one of my photos. And I figured why not try that but still keep it Rothko-esque. This is the one I chose. Michelle wanted to do the one with the pebbles that was in the same post.
Now that was something I could work with after all I cannot draw realistically to save my life. But I can do brush strokes like a master! “wink”
And so I taped off the canvas into three parts. They were not exact. Using a small stiff brush I applied blue paint here and there, making sure to cover all those offensive letters and this was the result.
Don’t mind the mess around the canvas. I had placed it on the desk where the computer was so I could see the photo. I do not recommend doing it this way but I was in such a rush and wanted it to come out nice.
Using a brush I went back and added a bit of red to the blue, this gave me a bit of purple which you can see is prominent in the photograph. Just a hint of it to give the illusion of some clouds.
And I was done. I had made sure to keep the horizon straight but the pebbles didn’t need such a straight line. Oh and can you see those pesky letters? NO!!
And my other girl, the one who loves all things blue, immediately asked who would be the proud owner of this lovely painting… meaning her! So now I’ve got a compliment and a happy daughter!
My thanks to Erica of Designing Vibes for the inspiration. You all have to check out her blog, she is full of fun and easy ideas. And her home is gorgeous!
Now join my friends and see what they have tried out for the first time. Simply click on the images below my name. If you’d like to see more past challenges click here.
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